How The Modern Office Shapes American Life

04/15/2014 08:39 am ET | Updated Apr 15, 2014
  • Rebecca J. Rosen The Atlantic
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Each year, the average American spends nearly 2,000 hours working. For many, that time passes inside the three little walls of a modern cubicle.

Writer Nikil Saval explores these odd spaces—how they came to be, how they make us feel—in his new book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. I spoke to Saval about the modern office, and a lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.

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